Will My Red Car Get Pulled Over More Frequently?

If you have ever purchased a red car you’ve probably heard the words, “you’rWill My Red Car Get Pulled Over More Frequently? e going to get pulled over a lot” after showing it off. Many people believe that red cars are pulled over most often and that they are an “easy target” for police to spot on roads. However, there are various factors that can play a role in getting pulled over and car color often has little to do with it.

Are Red Cars a Target?

Although red cars get a bad reputation for being frequently pulled over, studies have shown that white cars actually get pulled over most often.  Red cars are very eye-catching which makes many people assume that police would notice a red car before a tan car if the two were speeding side by side. Many people also believe that red cars appear to be going faster than they actually are which results in them getting pulled over often. However, red cars are not pulled over any more frequently than other cars and all of the claims based on that are simply theories.

Does Model Matter?

Surprisingly, the model of your car might play a huge role in whether or not you get pulled over. The Mercedes-Benz SL class, the Toyota Camry Solara, and Scion tC, were 300 to 400 percent more likely to get ticked in a recent study. Most of the cars that ranked as “frequent pullovers” were sports models that are targeted towards younger generations. For instance minivans, which are typically thought of as a family car, are rarely pulled over.

What Do Police Look For?

Overall, police are looking for people that deserve to be pulled over, regardless of their car color or model. Police are looking for people that are not following the rules of traffic. For example, police are searching for drivers that are speeding, that are yielding into other lanes, or that are running red lights. Police want to pull over drivers that are breaking traffic laws. Driving a certain color or model of a car is perfectly legal.

Chrysler Keeping Millennial Drivers in Mind

For parents in their earlChrysler Keeping Millennial Drivers in Mind y-twenties to early-thirties, the thought of driving a mini-van is not appealing. Many parents that are young adults are not quite ready to turn in their coupe style car for millions of cup holders and built-in DVD screens.

Fiat Chrysler recently revealed a new, semi-autonomous electric vehicle that is designed for young families.

What Is It?

The Chrysler Portal was revealed to the public at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The car was a huge indicator of what Chrysler hopes to do with self-driving vehicles and what direction they might go in. The car can sit six people all together and it is thought to be a mix between a minivan, crossover, and SUV, making it appear more “trendy” than many standard family vehicles.

What Are the Features?

The car had unique sliding doors, providing an entrance of nearly five feet wide, when both doors are open. The pillar that often divides the front seats and the second row of seats is included within the door. It was also equipped with a lot of technology including interior cameras, facial recognition, and emergency vehicle alert systems.  It would be powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, giving an estimated driving range of over 250 miles.

Who Thought of It?

Emilio Feliciano, the user experience designer on the team, said that the team of millennials that designed the car talked to millennials worldwide to create a car that would be most useful for their age group. The car is designed to serve as a “hub for your life.” According to the automaker, the car was “created by millennials for millennials.”

Can I Buy It?

The vehicle was just shown as a concept at the show. Chrysler has actually not indicated whether or not they will make or sell the car. With the car just being in “production phase,” designers had complete freedom to add in any features, regardless of practicality or cost, for the soul purpose of appealing to millennials. The car is not yet a “reality” for Chrysler.

Importance of Car Tire Pressure

Checking the tire pressure of your car on a regular basis is an important part of car maintenance, which is why we recommend doing so at least once a month.Tire Pressure

What is Tire Pressure?

Tire pressure is the amount of air in your car’s tires, in pounds per square inch, and the safety of your car heavily depends on it. Tires are an extremely important safety feature of our car. If tire pressure is dangerously high or low, tires can be the cause of a serious accident.

How Does Weather Affect Our Tires?

Weather has a major effect on our car’s tire pressure and when seasons change, you should give your tire pressure extra attention.

When tires become underinflated in cold weather, they will become worn away more quickly. Why? Because more of the tire’s surface presses and rubs against the road. Cold weather does our tire pressure no favors and results in frequently fluctuating pressure.

However, warmer temperatures can cause tires to become overinflated which makes them more rigid. If you are driving on overinflated tires, the traction between the road and the tire will become minimal, making it difficult to stop.

What Can You Do To Ensure Proper Tire Pressure?

Your car likely came with an owner’s manual that lists the recommended tire pressure for your specific car.  You should ensure that you are following the tire pressure guidelines in your owner’s manual to keep your tire pressure ideal.

In order to check your tire pressure, you should make sure that you are using a reliable and high quality air pressure gauge. Some cars also come equipped with a system that will alert you through a dashboard light when tire pressure is at a dangerous level. Even if your car does come with this system, you should keep an air pressure gauge in your glove compartment to check tire pressure whenever you need to.

Headlights Now a Focus of Car Safety

If you asked people that recently purchased a car what they were looking for during the hunt for their new vehicle, a top safety rating likely played a major role. People are constantly seeking safer cars and manufacturers are being held to higher standards of safety with each passing year.
Headlights Now a Focus of Car Safety
In fact, even the headlights on cars are now being held to high standards. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is now ranking how effective car headlights are, and automakers are eager to get the highest ratings possible. Many new cars are even coming out with improved headlights to meet the new IIHS expectations.
What exactly are the new standards of headlight safety? The IIHS believes that headlights should be strong enough to see a pedestrian or an oncoming car so that they are able to play a major role in accident prevention.

The organization started testing headlight functions in 2016. They believe that headlights being tested in a laboratory setting do not accurately represent how they function in the real-world. During the first round of tests, 17 small SUVs out of the total 21 tested were found to have ineffective headlights.

When ranking the safest cars of 2017, the cars that earned “Top Safety Pick Plus” not only had to have good headlight ratings, but also had to score well in crash tests. Automatic braking has also become a focus when it comes to safety ratings because it is believe to help avoid front-end crashes.

Only 38 cars won the “Top Safety Pick Plus” title this year compared to 48 winners last year, largely due to the new standards for headlights. The IIHS did mention that most luxury vehicles have poor quality headlights, and the only luxury vehicle that earned attention for having good headlights was the Volvo SUV.

The IIHS confirmed that 38 cars earning a spot in the “Top Safety Pick Plus” does indicate that manufactures are working hard to improve headlight functions on cars.

We at PermaPlate are happy to hear that so many companies are focusing on safety when it comes to vehicle production, and look forward to seeing what safety improvements continue to be made in the new calendar year.

Drive Your Best in Winter Conditions

We have written seveDrive Your Best In Winter Conditions ral posts about preparing your car for winter weather. However, it is also important to personally prepare. From hitting your brakes to turning a corner, driving in winter months becomes difficult and dangerous.

Keep Track Of Storms

Whenever you are preparing to drive during winter months, it is important that you track the weather ahead of time, whether you are driving just a few miles or planning a weekend trip. If winter weather is possible, give yourself extra time. Commuting will take you longer to get there due to snow, ice, slush, and slow traffic.

Clear Off Your Car

If your car is covered in snow, it is vital that you clear it off before you hit the road. You should clear off windows, lights, mirrors, and your license plate. You should also clear off any snow from the top of your car. If snow is sitting on top of your car, it can fly off and obstruct the view of the person behind you. If you brake quickly, snow can fall forward and block off your windshield.

Reduce your Speed

To drive successfully in winter conditions, slowing down can make a big difference. Stay several feet behind the car in front of you. It is much harder to brake at a moment’s notice and you’ll likely slide out of control if you attempt to. Avoid using cruise control and slowly accelerate and decelerate in order to regain traction and avoid sliding.

Be Extra Cautious

Many people drive in winter conditions with little regard to how dangerous it is. Bridges and overpasses will be slick; you should drive slowly over them. You should also avoid passing any maintenance vehicles. These drivers will not be able to see you easily. They are clearing the roads and if you pass them, you’ll drive onto roads that are not prepared for drivers.

Driving in the winter can be dangerous but understanding how to drive in the winter can make you, and the drivers around you, much safer.

Expected Car Trends of 2017

Car Trends 2017With each passing year, car trends come and go. With 2017 less than a month away, the expected car trends for 2017 are surfacing. Technology is rapidly advancing and many cars will reflect that this coming year.

Talking Cars Chatter

Many car manufactures have discussed producing cars that are able to communicate with one another for several years.  In 2017, the Cadillac CTC sports sedan will be able to share information on weather, speed, braking, accidents, and more. Manufacturers believe that the concept of vehicle-to-vehicle communication is something that will eventually be standard on all cars. 2017 marks the start of these cars hitting the road.

Electric Cars Compete

We have posted a lot of blogs in reference to both the success and demand of electrical cars. In 2017, competition for producing the best electrical car continues. The Chevrolet Bolt EV is an electrical car that is both affordable and practical, threatening the success of other electric cars. The Bolt can drive 238 miles with a single charge and is priced under $30,000 after tax incentives.  Kia and Volkswagen are also producing electric cars that are expected to do well in 2017.

Autonomous Cars Arrive

Autonomous cars are being improved upon every single day. Although they are not yet perfected, many manufacturers are working towards it. In fact, Fat Chrysler is producing 100 autonomous Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivans at an assembly plant in Canada. The production of these cars is for Google’s vehicle development project.  Although the vans won’t be sold to the public, they will be tested for readiness and safety, driving many miles in 2017.

Revamping Diesel Cars

In 2016, the desire for diesel cars essentially diminished. Diesel car sales declined for a variety of reasons but many manufactures believe that consumers in the U.S. still desire diesel options. Chevrolet and Mazda will be doing what they can to combine diesel cars and SUVs in the upcoming year to make both more appealing to potential buyers.

These are just several of many trends expected in the car industry in 2017. As technology advances, our cars do as well. Do you have your eye on any new cars or upcoming trends in 2017?

Major Cities Are Banning Diesel Cars

Several major European cities are banning diesel vehicles.

The cities that have agreed to this include Paris, Madrid, Athens, and Mexico City. These four cities are among 40 international cities that have vowed to do their part to eliminate climate change. Banning Diesel Cars

Banning diesel vehicles is a direct result of their public commitment.

These cities all experience a high amount of air. In fact, many European cities face major pollution problems. Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, spoke out on the ban saying the city will “no longer tolerate air pollution and the health problems and deaths it causes.”

America does not have a tremendous amount of diesel cars driving roads on a regular basis as European countries do. Fuel prices are much higher in Europe compared to the United States.

Diesel engines burn fuel more efficiently which makes diesel vehicles ideal for European cities financially.

In the United States, gas costs are between 60 and 64 cents per liter. In France, prices of gas typically range from $1.30 to $1.50. However, European cities are starting to believe that you cannot put a price on the damage that diesel engines cause. Although diesel engines burn more efficiently, they produce a massive amount of soot and nitrogen oxides, resulting in poor air quality. Many European car manufacturers have attempted to make a “clean” diesel car but have not succeeded. As a result, cities are simply banning cars that use diesel fuel.

Many European leaders believe that this will not only improve the air quality of the cities, but have a positive impact on climate overall.

This ban will likely encourage people to start investing in electric cars instead which is the ideal.
 

What To Keep In Your Car this Winter

Many of us do a tremendous amount of driving in winter months. Whether you are traveling miles for SnowCarStuckthe perfect gift or you’re headed home for the holidays, you should be prepared for potential weather threats when traveling. Consider putting the following into your car to prepare for this winter:

Blankets

You should always keep blankets in your car during the winter. Blankets can keep your warm if you ever find yourself unable to start your car when stranded. Remaining warm is vital to your overall health and survival. You should also consider keeping hand warmers in your glove compartment as well.

First-Aid Kit

You should keep a first-aid kit in your car at all times. You never know when you might need one. However, you are more likely of getting into an accident during winter months when roads are iced over. If you do end up in an accident or stranded in a storm, a first-aid kit can supply you with what you might need before emergency personnel arrives.

Bag of Sand

If you live in a region that gets a significant amount of snow or ice, you should keep a bag of sand in your trunk. The bag of sand can improve traction because it weighs down your car. Also, If you are stuck in a slick spot, pouring the sand around your tire can give you the grip you need to get out.

Non-Perishable Foods

If you get stuck in winter-related traffic or end up in a snow drift, you should have food that can be easily eaten. Keep protein bars, assorted nuts, raisins, or beef jerky in your car. If you do find yourself stuck, you’ll have snacks that will give you energy while you wait for help. You should also travel with a significant amount of water in order to stay hydrated in an emergency.

Flashlights or Flares

Having a light source in your car is an absolute must. A flashlight can help you signal for help and it will help you avoid sitting in the dark overnight. Flares can also help draw attention to your car if you are stuck somewhere that emergency personnel might not see you. Make sure you have extra batteries for your flashlight too.

Consider these recommendations when you pack your car for winter months. There is no such thing as being over-prepared for severe winter weather, and your car is no exception.

New Technology Keeps Eyes on the Road

From switching the radio station to adjusting the temperature of the car, many of us are not always as focused as we should be when driving.

Distracted Driving

Cars now come equipped with a tremendous amount of technology but that technology can prevent us from focusing on the road.

However, new technology was recently developed that is meant to prevent us from getting distracted by technology. (Ironic, we know!)

The new gadget is called Navdy and it is meant to provide us with the information that we want access to while driving without distracting us.

The device connects to your personal smartphone (including Androids and iPhones). It mounts on the dashboard between the steering wheel and windshield, directly in front of the driver. The device also plugs into your car’s diagnostics port which powers the technology and provides engine information.

Navdy is mounted directly behind the steering wheel so it can display Google maps, call alerts, and so forth directly within your line of sight.

Google maps will be accessible through Navdy in order to prevent people from looking down at their phone in their lap for directions. There will also be a steering wheel mounted dial that will allow drivers to interact with the non-touch screen device.

Many people are curious to know how Navdy is safer than mounting a cellphone or a GPS system to your dashboard, and that really is up for debate.

Navdy is hoping to serve as more of a “teleprompter,” which drivers can glance at quickly without turning their head away from the road, making it the safer alternative.

Navdy is currently priced at $799 which is not obviously affordable for the average American. However, before the company even shipped a single product, it received $6 million in preorders and more than $20 million in investment capital.

For more car news regarding the latest technology, visit PermaPlate’s blog.

Americans are Doing Whatever They Can to Keep Their Cars

The average American cannot afford to replace their car frequently. In recent years, the majority of Americans are purchasing cars that they believe will last long-term. In fact, holding onto your car long-term has become a trend in the United States especially over the past year. Americans are Doing Whatever They Can to Keep Their Cars

The estimated lifespan of a car has reached about 11.6 years old, which has slightly increased from 2015. The long-lasting lifespan of cars and light trucks are gradually improving thus allowing people in the U.S. to hang onto their cars as long as they possibly can.
Director of IHS Markit, Mark Seng, is predicting that in 2021, 20 million cars on the road will be a quarter of a century old. Seng also believes that there will be 81 million cars that are 16 years or older by the year 2021.

Service providers and part makers are both directly benefiting from this trend. With consumers fixing their cars themselves, the service provider market is bringing in $54 billion each year. Stores such as AutoZone are doing better than ever before because consumers are investing their money into their products in order to keep their old car running.

Mechanics are seeing an increase in business as well because people are quicker to repair their car now. Dealerships, however, are seeing a decline in new car sales and some are suffering financially. Many dealerships are implementing service stations or body shops in order to generate more revenue.

People are taking better care of their cars to save money and many experts believe that the trend is just taking off.

PermaPlate can help you upkeep and maintain your current car so it also withstands the test of time.

You Could Soon Buy a Car from Amazon

The large majority of the world is familiar with Amazon. Amazon is an online shopping site that is packed with electronics, apparel, books, tools, and that is truly just naming a few.

You can pretty much find anything that you are looking for on Amazon, and soon, you might even be able to find the car of your dreams and purchase it.Online Car Shopping

Fiat Chrysler announced that it is partnering with Amazon to sell cars online through the online shopping outlet. As of right now, you will only be able to purchase these cars in Italy. Three models are being offered: the Panda, the 500, and the 500L.

A buyer will be able to shop for the car of their choice on Amazon and click on their choice.

At that point, they will be contacted by Amazon to complete the process. Amazon will have the buyer choose a dealership where they will pick up the car from in just two short weeks. The dealership will still be benefiting from the sale of the car; Amazon will just be where you shop for the car itself and serve as the payment “middleman.”

Not all of the details have been ironed out yet but it is certainly going to be a reality in Italy and is now being put into place.

In France, customers are already able to pay a car down payment through Amazon after a short phone interview.

Many people are thrilled at the news of car shopping from the comfort of their own home and being able to browse and research cars at their leisure.

Buyers would only have to leave their home to pick the car up from the dealership.

Although this concept is not being implemented into the United States yet, it could just be a matter of time. There are hurdles regarding specific dealer franchise laws and it would take time to develop in the states but it is not out of reach.

Automakers are Doing Away with Spare Tires

If you have recently purchased a new car, take a look inside of it to see if you can find a spare tire tucked away. Can’t seem to find one? You’re not alone.

The majority of new cars are no longer coming equipped with spare tires.

In fact, a AAA analysis revealed that over a third of the cars sold in 2015 did not have a spare tire included in them.

In 2016 thus far, just 22.9Automakers are Doing Away with Spare Tires percent of cars sold came with a spare tire.

In place of the spare tire, many car manufacturers are instead equipping cars with sealant kits to give drivers some sort of a solution if they do get a flat tire. These kits are supposed to repair and inflate a tire until you can get it somewhere to be repaired or replaced. However, just as many cars are being sold without sealant kits now as well.

Car manufacturers are getting rid of spare tires in cars to make the cars lighter.

The weight of a car affects the fuel efficiency of a car. By eliminating the spare tire, the car becomes lighter and more fuel-efficient. In some instances, leaving the spare tire out of the car can save up to 100 pounds. Car manufacturers are being held to high standards when it comes to fuel economy and the demise of the spare tire is a direct result of this.

To name a few, Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, and Honda are now being required to supply tire repair kits instead of spare tires. 28 percent of new cars sold in 2016 came with tire repairs kits and the number has been slowly increasing.

For drivers, not having a spare tire will mean calling and waiting for roadside assistance or waiting for a tow truck to come retrieve your car.

If you are planning to purchase a car soon, ask about getting a spare tire that will fit your vehicle.

You can now purchase spare tires as an add-on if they are not included, and chances are, your new car won’t come with one.

Electric Cars Now Required by Law to Make Noise

If you ever had an electric car drive by you, you likely were able to see it long before you were able to hear it. Electric cars are eElectric Cars Now Required by Law to Make Noise xceptionally quiet and they make little to no noise while they are in motion.

The United States Congress recently considered the risks of these cars.

Congress has now put a law in place that will require electric and hybrid cars to make noise.

Both plug-in hybrids as well as battery operated electric cars will be required to make noise while they are moving at slow speeds to ensure that pedestrians, especially those with poor eyesight, hear them. Electric motors found in these cars barely make noise in comparison to gasoline and diesel engines.

The law is being referred to as the “Quiet Car” rule. The National Highway Traffic Safety Admission stated that this could prevent up to 2,400 pedestrian injuries a year.

With pedestrian accidents at an all-time high, this law should help prevent pedestrian accidents from occurring.

The law states that “hybrid and electric vehicles must make an audible noise when in reverse or when traveling at speeds up to 19mph.”  The cars are not being required to make noise at faster speeds because noise caused by tires and wind speed will provide the necessary warning to pedestrians.

Manufacturers are being directly affected by this law.

Manufacturers are being given until September 1, 2019 to make sure that all new hybrid and electric cars are equipped with the audible sounds that meet the new federal safety standard.

Interested in the latest car news? Visit PermaPlate’s blog to stay up to date.

Protect Your Car from Winter Sand and Salt

Winter months and severe weather conditions can take a toll on our cars. Many stateProtect Your Car from Winter Sand and Salt s put down salt and sand to help manage the snow and ice coated roads. From frequent traffic jams to poor visibility, driving as temperatures drop can become frustrating.  Although the snow and salt mixtures help keep our roads safe, they can affect our car in a negative way if we do not care for our cars properly in winter months.

Importance of Salt and Sand

Salt and sand are heavily distributed across roads before and after severe storms. Salt lowers the freezing point which causes snow and ice to melt. The sand helps secure the salt in place on the roads and adds traction when roads are wet.

Plan for Winter Conditions

Salt and snow mixtures on our roads are inevitable in winter. Before snow falls, make a point to thoroughly wash your car, including the underside of it. Apply wax, along with a wax sealant, to keep the wax secure against the car’s paint. The wax will repel the salt, sand, and water. Salt and sand can cause brake and fuel line rust so consider sealing the undercarriage of your car to prevent this.

Keep It Clean

Washing your car in the winter will help upkeep your car and prevent the salt and sand from settling. Although you should not wash your car in below freezing temperatures, you can wash your car if temperatures are above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. After your initial wax, you can also get your car waxed and sealed periodically throughout winter to help protect the body.

Avoid Storms

If a big snowfall is expected, you can bet that salt and sand are already getting distributed onto roads. If you do not have to drive right before or after a large storm, you’ll be less likely to face sand and salt. It is not safe for you or your car to drive through severe winter storms. If you can, avoid doing so. Give the weather some time to disperse before hitting the roads.

It is important for salt and sand to be on our winter roads in order to make them safer for us to use. However, it does not benefit the body of our cars at all. By taking certain precautions, you can better protect your car this winter.

T-Mobile Earns a Role in the Connected Car Market

Technology has played a huge role in the development of cars.

From movie screens that descend out of the ceiling to sending texts without our hands, technology has changed what we expect our cars to do.

T-Mobile recently dT-Mobile Earns a Role in the Connected Car Marketeveloped new car-focused technology in an attempt to establish themselves within the connected car market. Many phone companies are jumping on board with this trend, working hard to develop technology that can be implemented into cars and intrigue drivers into purchasing.

T-Mobile just introduced a wireless plug-in module for cars called the SyncUp DRIVE.

The device plugs into a common data port in your car, tracking performance and maintenance while serving as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The device connects into your car’s On-Board Diagnostics port which is typically located underneath the driver’s side dashboard in close proximity to the steering wheel, making it easy for anyone to install.

SyncUp DRIVE tracks your car’s performance, health, activity, and location. It provides drivers with information on driving behavior, family vehicle location, preventative maintenance, and can identify car troubles. Using SyncUp DRIVE also turns your car into a Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing you to connect up to five devices at a time without using data. SyncUp DRIVE is not yet compatible with electric, hybrid, or diesel engines.

Pricing is going to be a huge draw for consumers.

SyncUp DRIVE is just $149.99 but will be free for customers that choose to sign-up for a two-year agreement with T-Mobile at a two gigabyte plan or higher. Cars that come with built in Wi-Fi can be costly, making this an affordable alternative.

SyncDRIVE will be available for purchase on November 18.

Many wireless phone companies have been looking to create sales and revenue and they are using the connected car market to do so.

Why Electric Cars Are Still Relevant

Despite falling gas prices, electric cars are still desired by many drivers.

Gas prices often fluctuate, reaching extreme highs and lows on a monthly basis. In recent months, most of the United States saw a decrease in gas prices. As gas prices started to decrease, vehicles with lower MPG became more affordable. Regardless, demand for electric vehicles has increased.Electric Car Sales Are Still Relevant

Many people have committed to purchasing electric cars for environmental reasons.

In fact, the auto industry is working hard to produce cars that emit fewer pollutants, such as electrical cars, because many buyers are now demanding them. Audi believes 25% of the United Sates car sales will be electric cars in 10 years.

Some governments have mandated that cars have emission-reduction plans, forcing car companies to provide environmentally-friendly options when they normally would not have. Many countries have started to offer incentives for people that purchase electric cars, from cash bonuses to giveaways. Consumers have made it clear to the automotive industry that they want electric car options.

As demand for electric grows, engineers are working hard to make more affordable options.

In 2015, the Nissan Leaf traveled 107 miles without a charge. The benefits of electric cars are improving each year and their increasing sales reflect that.

Regardless of affordable gas prices, the United States could see an increase of electrical cars sold within the next few years.

Should You Repair or Replace Your Car?

Most of us spend a lot of time in our cars, which means we need them to function well. As your car ages, choosing to replace or repair your car is a tough decision. It’s important to understand what factors to consider when making that choice.

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If your car is older, it likely has limited safety features. Safety should be a top priority for you, whether you drive alone or have a family of four alongside you. Most new cars come equipped with advanced safety features, including advanced airbags, rearview cameras, and forward collision alert. If you do not feel safe when you are driving your car, it might be time to replace it.

Recognize When to Repair

Our cars work extremely hard on a daily basis.  It is inevitable that they will need to be repaired on occasion. However, if the costs of repairs are starting to cost you more than a replacement car would, it may be time to start shopping for a new vehicle.

Consider Insurance Costs

Insurance companies will consider a variety of factors to determine the cost of your car insurance. For instance, new cars often come with lower insurance costs because they have a multitude of safety features. However, you can often opt out of additional protections that might not be necessary for an old car, making your insurance likely to decrease with an old car as well. Your insurance company can help you determine your insurance costs for both options.

Whether you have a new or an old car, it is important to protect your car to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. PermaPlate can help you do that. 

General Motors and OnStar Collect Valuable Data to Serve Customers

driverGeneral Motors and OnStar have been collecting customer data for decades. All of the data collected is analyzed and used to better serve their faithful customers.

OnStar is constantly developing new programs and software. In fact, they typically file for a new patent every six days. OnStar uses advanced technology to communicate with customers, increasing the number of direct interactions they have with their customers. OnStar has 5 million conversations each month with their North American customers.

OnStar recently achieved a major accomplishment when they became accredited at the same level as a 911 advisor. OnStar employees are able to start providing medical support in the event of an accident or emergency situation while emergency responders travel to the scene. OnStar has developed relationships with 911 call centers nationwide and have priority lines at about 75% of them.

OnStar has also been monitoring weather activity nationwide and researching how to best communicate weather threats to their customers. OnStar is hoping that they will soon be able to alert drivers about potential weather threats. If a tornado was nearing the location of your OnStar equipped vehicle, you will be notified that you are in a county with an active emergency weather warning.

OnStar’s command center is full of flashing lights, packed excel documents, and bustling employees. All of the lights and numbers serve a purpose to the employees looking at them. Employees are collecting data on the number of people on the road, how many miles those people are driving, and how many calls are coming through at the same time. They collect this data to identify their busiest times so they know how many advisors need to be scheduled during certain hours. Certain flashing lights mean an airbag has been activated and other flashing lights mean that someone needs directions; OnStar employees are quick to know the difference.

As more companies work to develop improved and innovative technology, many of them look to OnStar as a source of inspiration.

Gear Up Your Car for Winter Weather

For much of the United States East Coast, winter weather has arrived. In fact, a lot of the East Coast had their first measurable snow fall today. Winter can take a toll on cars and it’s important to know how to protect them before you have to brush those six inches of snow off.

Tire Check
If you live in an area that gets a significant amount of snowfall, it’s important to have winter tires put on your car before the snow settles in. Tires do a lot of the work when it comes to winter driving and if you upkeep your tires, you can get a lot more mileage out of them. Many people do choose to go with all-season tires to cover all of their bases but winter tires have incredible snow traction. If you find yourself crossing slippery intersections and icy bridges often, snow tires are a good idea.

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Make sure all fluids in your car are full. In the winter, we tend to use a lot more windshield wiper fluid because our windshield is dirty from the dirt, slush, and snow. Before winter weather begins, check your windshield wiper fluid to make sure it is full. You should also be checking your coolant in preparation for winter. If your coolant is low or it’s getting old, your car will not heat properly.

Swipe Your Wipers
Our windshield wipers get a good workout in the winter as they work to clean off snow, rain, sleet, and everything in between. If you’ve felt like your windshield wipers have not been giving you a clear view in recent months, you should replace them before it snows. Wipers should be replaced every six to twelve months. The winter takes a toll on our windshield wipers and we can’t risk them not working when we are in the middle of a snowstorm.

Seek Service
It is never a bad idea to get your car checked out by your mechanic before the winter begins. They can do a thorough inspection of your car and inform you of what you might need to replace before winter starts. Many car shops will offer inspection deals in the fall and early winter months, some even will do them for free. Call your mechanic and ask what it would cost for them to take a look at your car to prepare it for winter.

Can You Salvage Your Flooded Car?

Hurricane Matthew resulted in devastating damage in the Caribbean and the United Sates.  It washed away whatever stood in its path, destroying homes, lives, and of course, many cars. As the world recovers from the impact that Hurricane Matthew made, many people are left with flooded cars wondering what to do with them.
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It is important to have a professional look at your vehicle after water damage has occurred. If the car was in a garage, water damage could be minimal depending on how the garage withstood the storm. But if your vehicle experiences serious water damage, you should not attempt to drive the car or turn the car on. If the fuel or oil have been exposed to water, turning the car on will make the damage worse or make the car unrepairable. The best thing you can do is tow the car to a mechanic and let them decide if it should be turned on.

After water damage occurs, you can attempt to dry out the car. Get as much water and mud out of the car as possible with rags, buckets, or wet vacuums. Getting the water out will help you to avoid mold, corrosion and stains. You should also try and figure out how deep the water was and how far up the car it reached. If you believe water reached your dashboard, the car is likely not salvageable.

If water has reached either end of the dipstick, the oil will need to be changed before attempting to turn the car on. If the water was muddy, you should remove the oil pan and wash it off. Muddy water can easily get through engine seals in just a few hours. It is important to inspect the car the best you can to establish where what type of water got through.

Not all cars that face floods are lost causes. Some cars can be salvaged and some cars cannot, it usually depends on how deep the water was within the car. The best thing you can do is tow the car to a mechanic and get a professional opinion.